Very often in the computer industry, we find people getting excited about names more than what the names really mean. A few years ago, the big buzz phrase was "Client/Server". Most people didn't know what was supposed to be good about Client/Server, they just knew it was "good". What they didn't realize was the immaturity of the technology, the support nightmares Client/Server created, nor the costs. People forgot that Client/Server wasn't a goal, it was a means to a goal.
Results have to include not only what works when installed, but also what happens when things go wrong in the future.
Holland Consulting often recommends strange or boring solutions, rather
than the current fad. I do this for a reason -- I'm in this business
because I enjoy getting results, not because I like playing with the latest
buzzwords. Actually, I do enjoy playing with the latest technology,
but I don't do that at my clients expense.
Computers are in your office to help your business do its job.
Odds are, your job is not "using your computer". The computer is
just supposed to be a tool.
I have seen people advocate very expensive solutions with the argument that "It is more reliable!". My response: "Is it PERFECTLY reliable? Does it NEVER break? Does it never get stolen? Do water or drain pipes over head never burst? Does it cause the building to never catch fire?". Now, I'm not suggesting the purchase of junk, but I also don't suggest spending thousands on things that are unlikely to truly improve reliability. After all, after a point, you start pursuing unlikely problems and neglecting bigger, more likely problems, like theft, flood or other office disaster. Certain mechanisms should be in place to protect against the physical problems that can occur beyond any plan -- those same systems can provide repair strategy for more "routine" problems.
As I have benefited from the wisdom and experience of other people,
I do not feel it is fair to hold it back from others. I have no "trade
secrets" -- just things you haven't expressed an interest in knowing yet.
I would rather have my clients be happy with the work they receive, so
happy they refer me to new clients.
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